Survival Gear: 31 Items to Keep in Your Urban First Aid Kit

Go-To First Aid Kit

Go-To First Aid Kit

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A First Aid Kit is a critical survival tool, but it's one of the most frequently overlooked categories of survival equipment. Without the kit and its included supplies, many injuries that occur in survival scenarios would be exceedingly difficult to treat.

I think of each First Aid Kit as a survival kit in and of itself. Yes, the medical supplies therein can help you survive, but why stop there? Even the smallest of my First Aid Kits have fire-starting equipment, like matches and lighters. They also have shelter items like space blankets or at least garbage bags to improvise shelter.

I have been using a VooDoo Tactical M3 Medical Bag for the past nine months, and have found it to be very effective at keeping my gear in good order through wilderness skills classes and household emergencies. The bag has three pouches, the largest of which contains my headlamp and non-latex medical gloves right on top where I can get them quickly; all of the other big pieces of gear are underneath. The medium-size pouch has all my swabs, bandages and Band Aids within easy reach. The smallest pouch contains all my meds and creams and ointments.

Items in My First Aid Bag

  1. 10 Alcohol swabs: to prevent infection

  2. 1 Medium tube of antibiotic cream: to prevent infection

  3. 4 Burn gel packets: for burn relief and to keep bandages from sticking to the burn

  4. 4 Sugar packets: for diabetic sugar regulation

  5. 40 Assorted Band Aids: to bandage wounds

  6. 6 Blister patches or moleskin: to bandage wounds

  7. 2 Small rolls of waterproof tape: to bandage wounds

  8. 10 Small gauze pads (4" x 4"): to bandage wounds

  9. 8 Small non-stick gauze pads (4" x 4"): to bandage wounds, especially burns

  10. 6 Large gauze pads: to bandage wounds

  11. 2 Gauze rolls: to bandage wounds

  12. Ace Bandage: to apply pressure to wounds, and to immobilize joints and limbs

  13. SAM Splint: to immobilize joints and limbs

  14. 12 Acetaminophen tablets: for pain, inflammation and fever

  15. 12 Ibuprofen tablets: for pain, inflammation and fever

  16. 12 Aspirin tablets: for pain and heart attack treatment

  17. 10 Anti-diarrhea tablets: for treating the symptoms of bacterial, viral or protozoa-caused diarrhea

  18. 10 Antacid tablets: for stomach upset

  19. 10 Antihistamine tablets: for cold, allergies and allergic reactions

  20. 8 Butterfly strips: to bandage wounds

  21. Razor blade: as an emergency cutting tool

  22. Bug bite stick: for sting and bite relief

  23. 10 Pairs non-latex gloves: for the prevention of contamination

  24. 1 Kwik Clot wound dressing: to control severe bleeding

  25. EMT shears: to cut clothing and bandages

  26. Wound irrigation device or eye wash: to remove debris from the eyes and rough or deep wounds

  27. Glass thermometer: to determine body temperature for fever, hypothermia and heat-related illness

  28. 1 Large needle: to dig out splinters, and to lance boils and other sealed infections

  29. 1 Book of matches & 2 lighters: for emergency fire starting and heat sanitization of metal equipment

  30. Tweezers: to remove splinters and foreign objects

  31. Space Blanket: for emergency shelter and shock management